Go outside!

You make endless cycling trips from Renesse, you wander through the largest forest in Zeeland and you come face to face with deer and fallow deer. Look, there are the seals on a sandbar!

And are you adventurous? Take a dive in the Oosterschelde, snorkel in the Grevelingen, or conquer a tough ATB route through the Boswachterij. Even more energy? Then follow a blokart clinic on the Brouwersdam or teach your children to surf here.

There is also a wide choice in terms of culture and shopping: take a city walk through Monuments City Zierikzee, visit the Flood Museum or one of the other 6 museums on the island, eat a fish in the harbor of Bruinisse, or admire the ring village of Dreischor.

By car you can easily reach Middelburg, Flushing, Goes, Antwerp or Rotterdam. Shopping, visiting museums; it's vacation after all!

On the 14th of October 1926 a group of prominent notables, with no official formality, turned the first sod in the ground to level the field at the dunes in Nieuw Haamstede. This airfield was given the name of “Vliegveld West-Schouwen”. On the 4th of May 1931, the shortest scheduled flight from Rotterdam to Schouwen was a fact. The trip consisted of taking passengers from Zierikzee by KLM bus to the airfield, a 20 – minute flight to the Waalhaven,…

In the most West part of Schouwen you will find the largest forest of Zeeland, de Forestry Westerschouwen. This varied dune forest is a wonderful place to walk, cycle or to go horseback riding. You will see butterflies, birds, mosses, ferns, grasses, herbs and wild mushrooms. In some tall pines even hawks and buzzards have made their nests. Roe deer and deer and Shetland ponies graze here. You will also find three large drinking water filtering systems in this forest….

A town that is definitely worth a visit is Veere. From Middelburg the town lies on the water on one of the routes back to Renesse. With its marinas and central location on the Veerse Meer (lake), Veere is a center for pleasure boating. In the old days, Veere was a flourishing trading city. When you walk through the city you will find many remains, often in excellent condition. Moreover, Veere is the favorite wedding location for wedding couples from…

The neighboring village of Burgh-Haamstede is only a few kilometers away from Renesse. The place is more than twice as large as Renesse in terms of population and covers a large area in the Kop van Schouwen because the place is composed of the cores Burgh, Haamstede, Nieuw-Haamstede, Westenschouwen and Burghsluis. Just like Renesse, Burgh-Haamstede also lies against the dunes and here you can also go to the beach in various places. The emphasis is on tranquility and natural beauty….

Flushing is one of the larger cities in Zeeland. Flushing has traditionally been linked to the sea and shipping. Even today, the location at the mouth of the Westerschelde guarantees numerous maritime activities. Flushing has a beautiful long boulevard with a view of the Westerschelde and the North Sea. The shipping routes along Flushing are extremely busy due to shipping to Antwerp. This means there is always movement on the water. Regardless of the weather situation, there is always something…

If you are on holiday in Zeeland you may not realize it completely. But you are in the most beautiful diving area in North-West Europe. Nature is beautiful under the water surface of the Grevelingenmeer and the Oosterschelde. If you think you are jumping into a black mud pool, you are mistaken. Every piece of the soil is covered with plants and animals that roam around in search of food. We see many beautiful seaweeds, anemones, starfish, fish, crabs and…

For decades, the area around Renesse, more specifically the Brouwersdam, has been known as one of Europe’s top locations when it comes to water sports. Surfing has been taking place here since the first board was introduced in the Netherlands. Numerous competitions are organized for amateurs and professionals and also for viewers there is always a spectacle to be expected. The Grevelingen lake is located on the inside of the dam and is the largest saltwater lake in North-West Europe….

The capital of Zeeland can rightfully be called a monument city. In total you will find here about 1100 large and small monuments that still exude the atmosphere of a rich past. The mighty abbey, the impressive town hall and the beautiful facades of merchant houses and warehouses let you taste this past. For a while, Middelburg was the second Dutch East-India Company trading city of our country after Amsterdam. Middelburg offers an extensive store stock with the Thursday evening…

Get a breath of fresh air on the beach is always possible on Schouwen-Duiveland. The North Sea beach runs from the Oosterscheldekering to beyond the armpit of the Brouwersdam, which is more than 20 kilometers. Renesse lies about two thirds of this distance. Of course you think at the beach on nice weather, but have you ever walked with wind force 5 against the wind in over the beach? After that you are completely refreshed to call it that. The…

The turbulent history of Zierikzee is reflected in the 568 registered national monuments that this city has and the medieval street pattern of the center. The narrow streets are still as winding as five hundred years ago. The large merchant houses along the Havenpark and the Oude Haven (harbors) indicate that there was once a Golden Age. Striking buildings are the Sint Lievensmonstert tower (popularly called the Dikke Toren), the Nieuwe Kerk, the Gasthuiskerk with the Beuze and the Lutheran…

Zeeland is largely at or below sea level. The dikes were poor and low in 1953 and large parts of the South-West of the Netherlands flooded on the night of 1 February of that year. The chance of a flood then was 1 x per 80 years. The Delta Works ensure safety through the construction of dams and locks and the raising of dikes. Partly thanks to the crown on the Delta Works, the flood barrier in the Oosterschelde, that…

Because of the beautiful nature, the Kop van Schouwen is a very popular area for hikers. Just like for cyclists, there is a variety of routes and paths. Thanks to the wonderful weather in this region, where the sun shines considerably more than in the rest of the country, you can go for a relaxing or sporty walk all year round. Many paths lead you through dunes and forests and when you are a member of nature monuments the protected…

The Oosterschelde lobster is a truly authentic regional product from the Delta waters that is caught by lobster fishermen in a sustainable way. The catch depends on what nature the lobster has to offer in terms of food, water quality and water temperature. The latter aspect in particular determines the supply during the lobster season. The Oosterschelde lobster can be caught from the last Thursday in March to 15 July. Certainly in those first weeks the supply can be scarce…

Mills are always very present buildings in the flat Dutch landscape. They are also not to be missed on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland. No less than 12 copies have remained and are all in good condition. The largest part is supposedly grindy and can therefore be admired regularly in company. Contrary to what could be expected in a polder landscape that was once drained, the majority of our mills have a different function than water drainage. The main function is…

At the foot of the impressive “Dikke Toren” of Zierikzee you will find the only film theater in Schouwen-Duiveland: Film theater Zierikzee or simply fiZi. This foundation was established in 2001 with the aim of offering a structurally high-quality and varied film program for a wide audience. A recent quality film is shown almost every evening. For film lovers who prefer to go to the movies in the afternoon, there is the fiZi-matinee every Tuesday afternoon. A good children’s or…

Seals are not that hard to find around Schouwen-Duiveland. The clean water, the space and the rest have a positive influence on these animals and they thrive here. Quite large populations live off the coast of Renesse, in the Oosterschelde and in the Grevelingen. They rest on the drying plates or curiously swim along when you sail over the water. There are two types of seals in the Zeeland waters, the common and the gray. The common seal is the…

There is a large population of roe deer and fallow deer on Schouwen-Duiveland. The majority of the animals live in the Kop van Schouwen, but due to the increase in the number of animals they regularly go to other areas in search of food. They cross the roads, graze in the ornamental gardens or eat at the sugar beets in the yard. You can spot a deer or roe deer without too much trouble in the early morning or at…

A day at the beach is not just sitting and sunbathing. Enjoying with the whole family is what many people want. Kiting is one of the hobbies that people practice on the beaches. While the children run around the beach with colorful 1-line kites, many older young people and adults are busy with steerable kites. It’s all possible in Renesse, on all beaches with the 1-line pilots and on the designated beaches with steerable pilots. Power kiting is a fast…

The rest of the province of Zeeland is easily accessible from Renesse. On one of the other pages, the largest cities of Zeeland, Middelburg and Flushing, are discussed. The third city is Goes, a real city center with a very attractive range of shops and almost car-free shopping streets. Part of the port also runs through the center. This area has been maintained in a particularly beautiful way and the harbor is often full of pleasure yachts. In the center…

The Prunje is a polder between Moriaanshoofd and Serooskerke, crossed by the N59 provincial road. A few years ago these lean pastures were returned to the natural environment (330 Ha). Previous creeks from this old polder have recovered and are refilled with salt and brackish water. The vast clay marshes are an important place for many (water) birds to forage, breed and rest. Spoonbills, egrets, partridges, different species of geese, sea gulls, ducks, turels and many other birds, draw many…

Renesse is an ideal base in the ‘Kop van Schouwen’, as it is popularly called, to practice your sport fishing hobby. Wherever you are there is always beautiful fishing water in the area for both the avid sea fisherman and the passionate inland fisherman. Here you can catch everything that is caught in fish. Everything indeed, because not only saltwater fish wants to bite here; eel, plaice, flounder, sole, mackerel, gar and sea bass in summer, but also in winter…

Renesse and the surrounding area are perfectly suited for exploration by two-wheeler. The many cycle paths and the country roads offer you a varied view that is hardly ever seen in the Netherlands. You can cycle through the dunes, forests, polder and along the water. Recreational or sporty cycling Recreational cycling or sporty cycling with the mountain bike, everything is possible. You can easily choose the distance that suits you. Moreover, there are opportunities everywhere for a pit-stop to gain…

The markets that are held in Renesse are particularly popular. First of all there is the weekly market, every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. This market is an attraction for both tourists and residents and offers the usual market supply of (fresh) products, supplemented by more tourist articles. In addition, various extra (evening) markets are organized on which many stands with tourist products and demonstrations. Especially the night markets, which last until midnight, are visited enormously. All…

The beautiful surroundings of Renesse are extremely popular with equestrian practitioners. Beginner or advanced, there are options for everyone. In the center of Renesse you will find an extremely well-equipped equestrian center. Riding school Grol has indoor and outdoor bins, stables for rental horses and possibilities for your own horse in the boarding houses. For the little ones there are (mini) pony rides on the grounds of the riding school and a spacious canteen provides you with a snack and…

On the 14th of October 1926 a group of prominent notables, with no official formality, turned the first sod in the ground to level the field at the dunes in Nieuw Haamstede. This airfield was given the name of “Vliegveld West-Schouwen”. On the 4th of May 1931, the shortest scheduled flight from Rotterdam to Schouwen was a fact. The trip consisted of taking passengers from Zierikzee by KLM bus to the airfield, a 20 – minute flight to the Waalhaven,…

In the most West part of Schouwen you will find the largest forest of Zeeland, de Forestry Westerschouwen. This varied dune forest is a wonderful place to walk, cycle or to go horseback riding. You will see butterflies, birds, mosses, ferns, grasses, herbs and wild mushrooms. In some tall pines even hawks and buzzards have made their nests. Roe deer and deer and Shetland ponies graze here. You will also find three large drinking water filtering systems in this forest….

Veere

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A town that is definitely worth a visit is Veere. From Middelburg the town lies on the water on one of the routes back to Renesse. With its marinas and central location on the Veerse Meer (lake), Veere is a center for pleasure boating. In the old days, Veere was a flourishing trading city. When you walk through the city you will find many remains, often in excellent condition. Moreover, Veere is the favorite wedding location for wedding couples from…

The neighboring village of Burgh-Haamstede is only a few kilometers away from Renesse. The place is more than twice as large as Renesse in terms of population and covers a large area in the Kop van Schouwen because the place is composed of the cores Burgh, Haamstede, Nieuw-Haamstede, Westenschouwen and Burghsluis. Just like Renesse, Burgh-Haamstede also lies against the dunes and here you can also go to the beach in various places. The emphasis is on tranquility and natural beauty….

Flushing is one of the larger cities in Zeeland. Flushing has traditionally been linked to the sea and shipping. Even today, the location at the mouth of the Westerschelde guarantees numerous maritime activities. Flushing has a beautiful long boulevard with a view of the Westerschelde and the North Sea. The shipping routes along Flushing are extremely busy due to shipping to Antwerp. This means there is always movement on the water. Regardless of the weather situation, there is always something…

If you are on holiday in Zeeland you may not realize it completely. But you are in the most beautiful diving area in North-West Europe. Nature is beautiful under the water surface of the Grevelingenmeer and the Oosterschelde. If you think you are jumping into a black mud pool, you are mistaken. Every piece of the soil is covered with plants and animals that roam around in search of food. We see many beautiful seaweeds, anemones, starfish, fish, crabs and…

For decades, the area around Renesse, more specifically the Brouwersdam, has been known as one of Europe’s top locations when it comes to water sports. Surfing has been taking place here since the first board was introduced in the Netherlands. Numerous competitions are organized for amateurs and professionals and also for viewers there is always a spectacle to be expected. The Grevelingen lake is located on the inside of the dam and is the largest saltwater lake in North-West Europe….

The capital of Zeeland can rightfully be called a monument city. In total you will find here about 1100 large and small monuments that still exude the atmosphere of a rich past. The mighty abbey, the impressive town hall and the beautiful facades of merchant houses and warehouses let you taste this past. For a while, Middelburg was the second Dutch East-India Company trading city of our country after Amsterdam. Middelburg offers an extensive store stock with the Thursday evening…

Get a breath of fresh air on the beach is always possible on Schouwen-Duiveland. The North Sea beach runs from the Oosterscheldekering to beyond the armpit of the Brouwersdam, which is more than 20 kilometers. Renesse lies about two thirds of this distance. Of course you think at the beach on nice weather, but have you ever walked with wind force 5 against the wind in over the beach? After that you are completely refreshed to call it that. The…

The turbulent history of Zierikzee is reflected in the 568 registered national monuments that this city has and the medieval street pattern of the center. The narrow streets are still as winding as five hundred years ago. The large merchant houses along the Havenpark and the Oude Haven (harbors) indicate that there was once a Golden Age. Striking buildings are the Sint Lievensmonstert tower (popularly called the Dikke Toren), the Nieuwe Kerk, the Gasthuiskerk with the Beuze and the Lutheran…

Zeeland is largely at or below sea level. The dikes were poor and low in 1953 and large parts of the South-West of the Netherlands flooded on the night of 1 February of that year. The chance of a flood then was 1 x per 80 years. The Delta Works ensure safety through the construction of dams and locks and the raising of dikes. Partly thanks to the crown on the Delta Works, the flood barrier in the Oosterschelde, that…

Hiking

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Because of the beautiful nature, the Kop van Schouwen is a very popular area for hikers. Just like for cyclists, there is a variety of routes and paths. Thanks to the wonderful weather in this region, where the sun shines considerably more than in the rest of the country, you can go for a relaxing or sporty walk all year round. Many paths lead you through dunes and forests and when you are a member of nature monuments the protected…

The Oosterschelde lobster is a truly authentic regional product from the Delta waters that is caught by lobster fishermen in a sustainable way. The catch depends on what nature the lobster has to offer in terms of food, water quality and water temperature. The latter aspect in particular determines the supply during the lobster season. The Oosterschelde lobster can be caught from the last Thursday in March to 15 July. Certainly in those first weeks the supply can be scarce…

Mills

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Mills are always very present buildings in the flat Dutch landscape. They are also not to be missed on the island of Schouwen-Duiveland. No less than 12 copies have remained and are all in good condition. The largest part is supposedly grindy and can therefore be admired regularly in company. Contrary to what could be expected in a polder landscape that was once drained, the majority of our mills have a different function than water drainage. The main function is…

At the foot of the impressive “Dikke Toren” of Zierikzee you will find the only film theater in Schouwen-Duiveland: Film theater Zierikzee or simply fiZi. This foundation was established in 2001 with the aim of offering a structurally high-quality and varied film program for a wide audience. A recent quality film is shown almost every evening. For film lovers who prefer to go to the movies in the afternoon, there is the fiZi-matinee every Tuesday afternoon. A good children’s or…

Seals are not that hard to find around Schouwen-Duiveland. The clean water, the space and the rest have a positive influence on these animals and they thrive here. Quite large populations live off the coast of Renesse, in the Oosterschelde and in the Grevelingen. They rest on the drying plates or curiously swim along when you sail over the water. There are two types of seals in the Zeeland waters, the common and the gray. The common seal is the…

There is a large population of roe deer and fallow deer on Schouwen-Duiveland. The majority of the animals live in the Kop van Schouwen, but due to the increase in the number of animals they regularly go to other areas in search of food. They cross the roads, graze in the ornamental gardens or eat at the sugar beets in the yard. You can spot a deer or roe deer without too much trouble in the early morning or at…

A day at the beach is not just sitting and sunbathing. Enjoying with the whole family is what many people want. Kiting is one of the hobbies that people practice on the beaches. While the children run around the beach with colorful 1-line kites, many older young people and adults are busy with steerable kites. It’s all possible in Renesse, on all beaches with the 1-line pilots and on the designated beaches with steerable pilots. Power kiting is a fast…

Goes

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The rest of the province of Zeeland is easily accessible from Renesse. On one of the other pages, the largest cities of Zeeland, Middelburg and Flushing, are discussed. The third city is Goes, a real city center with a very attractive range of shops and almost car-free shopping streets. Part of the port also runs through the center. This area has been maintained in a particularly beautiful way and the harbor is often full of pleasure yachts. In the center…

The Prunje is a polder between Moriaanshoofd and Serooskerke, crossed by the N59 provincial road. A few years ago these lean pastures were returned to the natural environment (330 Ha). Previous creeks from this old polder have recovered and are refilled with salt and brackish water. The vast clay marshes are an important place for many (water) birds to forage, breed and rest. Spoonbills, egrets, partridges, different species of geese, sea gulls, ducks, turels and many other birds, draw many…

Renesse is an ideal base in the ‘Kop van Schouwen’, as it is popularly called, to practice your sport fishing hobby. Wherever you are there is always beautiful fishing water in the area for both the avid sea fisherman and the passionate inland fisherman. Here you can catch everything that is caught in fish. Everything indeed, because not only saltwater fish wants to bite here; eel, plaice, flounder, sole, mackerel, gar and sea bass in summer, but also in winter…

Renesse and the surrounding area are perfectly suited for exploration by two-wheeler. The many cycle paths and the country roads offer you a varied view that is hardly ever seen in the Netherlands. You can cycle through the dunes, forests, polder and along the water. Recreational or sporty cycling Recreational cycling or sporty cycling with the mountain bike, everything is possible. You can easily choose the distance that suits you. Moreover, there are opportunities everywhere for a pit-stop to gain…

The markets that are held in Renesse are particularly popular. First of all there is the weekly market, every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. This market is an attraction for both tourists and residents and offers the usual market supply of (fresh) products, supplemented by more tourist articles. In addition, various extra (evening) markets are organized on which many stands with tourist products and demonstrations. Especially the night markets, which last until midnight, are visited enormously. All…

The beautiful surroundings of Renesse are extremely popular with equestrian practitioners. Beginner or advanced, there are options for everyone. In the center of Renesse you will find an extremely well-equipped equestrian center. Riding school Grol has indoor and outdoor bins, stables for rental horses and possibilities for your own horse in the boarding houses. For the little ones there are (mini) pony rides on the grounds of the riding school and a spacious canteen provides you with a snack and…

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